The Wereldmuseum (The World Museum) is an ethnographic museum located in Rotterdam’s famous harbor. Founded in 1883, the museum holds more than 1,800 ethnographic objects from various cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas and the Islamic heritage.

  • Unique ethnographic museum by the harbor
  • A world leader in Buddhist Art
  • Founded by scientists, merchants and travelers in the 19th century

Foundations of the Wereldmuseum

The Museum is housed in a beautiful 19th century building by the water. It used to be the gathering place of Royal Yacht Club of Prince Hendrik of Holland. The club’s members were merchants and scientists who travelled all over the world, and brought back unusual objects and curiosities. These eventually became the foundation of the Wereld Museum’s permanent collection.

World leader in Buddhist art collection

One of the highlights in the museum is its impressive Buddhist art collection, a long term loan from the Bohimanda Foundation. This unique collection has never been shown before in its entirety to the public. Its premiere showing made the museum a world leader in the field of Buddhist art.

Enjoy worldly food

For a luxurious atmosphere reminiscent of old times and a scenic view of the water, enjoy fine Mediterranean dishes at the museum’s restaurant.

Travel back in time and explore the world’s many wonders at the Wereld Museum in Rotterdam.

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